Portfolios > Ribbons and Scissors 1999

I use the human body, either whole, fragmented, or represented through other objects such as clothes, hair, ribbon, and so on to depict mental states such as confusion, clarity, frustration, or unawareness. The bodies are recognizable but deformed, the subjects stripped down to their essentials. They are nude; sometimes even such intimate and inseparable body-elements as hair and eyebrows are missing; only hints like red toenail polish or the shape of a lace dress lead to associations in culture and time. The work is not narrative; there is not one story that the viewer needs to know to apprehend the image, but rather the opposite: the visual image hopes to provoke the viewer to come up with his own associations and stories. In this sense, the work is not trying to move the viewer from one point to another in strict, narrative order. Rather, it is the starting point, the clue for further associations.

Red popcorn
Chinese ink and watercolor on silk
26.5” x 55.5”
1999
Me and Me
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
44" X 50"
1999
Death cutting the hair of a girl
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
33” x 44.5”
1999
The purple dress
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
23.5” x 43”
1999
My grandmother and I
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
44" x 75"
1999
Untitled
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
1999
All her white dresses
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
31.5” x 45”
1999
Desire
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
25.5” x 54.5”
1999
All the things she lost
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
27.5” x 45”
1999
The red ribbon
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
28” x 53.5”
1999
Uncovered
Japanese ink and watercolor on silk
24” x 52”
1999